Unfortunately this album has nothing to do with metal at all, but is one long journey into the ambient presentation of Varg’s pagan beliefs
Author: Mattias Eronn
Even if this is pretty far from what I usually listen to I actually find Almanac’s “Rush of Death” to be a really nice album!
The Soundscape is quite chaotic, as it should be when it comes to this type of music, but still as well balanced that listening is not a burden upon your ears but instead, although some might argue on that, quite enjoyable!
Sure, some of the new songs is quite good, at least in the fast parts, but it isn’t until the frantic riffs of “Flag of Hate” explodes over London that you remember how great this band once was.
“Paradise” is a quite nice acquaintance! With this type of vocals the guitars got an important job to do, building a solid ground to bring the songs forward and in that, Oberst does make a good job!
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This trio of songs makes a strong as hell opening of “The Fire I long for” with both brilliant song writing and of course, Jennie-Ann Smith’s extraordinary voice!
Besides the classic stuff and the “Repentless”-songs you get “Disciple” from “God Hates us All” and “Hate Worldwide” from the “World Painted Blood”-album, two decent post-classic songs but they have both been included on earlier live releases.
Although that song might not be my cup of tea, the rest of the record, makes up for that by far, as the remaining 10 tracks consist of pure “Stockholm school” Death Metal, but with an individual touch in each song, making this relevant even compared with the myriad of Death Metal-records on the market today.
Everything we are used to find on a Runemagick album is also present on “Into Desolate Realms”, the slow ultra heavy parts, the occasional outburst of faster, or at least mid tempo Death Metal
Now, the absence of Doom doesn’t necessary mean that Atlantean Kodex isn’t a good band, or that ”The Course of Empire” should be a bad record. I don’t mind my Metal to be Epic at all and when it comes to Heavy Metal I would go as far, stating I crave the music to be Epic to really like it, and one thing’s for sure, ”The Course of Empire” is epic as hell!
In my opinion ”Reader of the Runes – Divination” could have saved in a bit on the bombastic moments and maybe ditched one or two songs in favour for a shorter, more direct album but all in all I’m pretty pleased with the new album.
Besides the studio albums the box contains the live double album ”Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, the planchette-shaped picture single ”Bloodlust” and a double album containing, so called ”previously unreleased” demo songs, which is christened ”Sons of Satan”.
All lyrics are in polish so I don’t have the slightest idea what they are about, but they give the impression to be quite religious in an orthodox way, and at least I hope they are full of blasphemy, but for all it’s worth, they could as well be praising the Lord…
Although this is far from my favourite Bathory song, this is, without any major competition, the best track on the album, and even if the performance is brilliant It’s a bit sad that they get out shined by a cover although I guess the fact that it’s the mighty Bathory might give some comfort…
The aggressive parts sure blast away from time to time but even if they often consist of a cacophony of different things going on at the same time, they sound strangely blank and when Enthroned actually makes something different, like in the beginning of ”Silent Redemption” it mostly sound like watered down and quite awful ”Pop Metal” to me.